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FRANKFURT: 21December 2018-The positive freight development at Frankfurt-Hahn Airport continues. Since early December, the airport has been connecting Europe with China through new freight routes. The first flight from Shanghai was operated with a Boeing 747-400 by Suparna Airlines. The new routes are part of an air freight agreement concluded by the Chinese company China Aerospace International Holdings Limited (CASIL) to distribute Asian flows of goods for Europe via the Frankfurt-Hahn Airport hub and vice versa.
Along with a number of global logistics service providers, CASIL signed air freight contracts worth more than 2.6 billion yuan (about 334 million euros) for intensive cooperation and support of the Chinese “One Belt One Road” initiative. For this purpose, the subsidiaryof China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation is establishing Frankfurt-Hahn Airport as a new hub for its international air freight business. The flights will be operated with various cargo airlines to different destinations in China, including Zhengzhou (CGO) and Hong Kong (HKG).
“The new cargo flights to China are an important step in further expanding the cargo business at Frankfurt-Hahn Airport. With its 24-hour operating permit, flexible slots and fast handling, Frankfurt-Hahn Airport is ideally positioned for the freight business and a backbone of the German export industry,” says Christoph Goetzmann, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Flughafen Frankfurt-Hahn GmbH.
From January to October 2018, freight at Hahn Airport increased by 58.4 percent compared to the same period last year.
About Frankfurt-Hahn Airport:
From an American military airfield to an international commercial airport with 24-hour operation: Since its civil commissioning in 1993, Frankfurt-Hahn Airport has developed into an important aviation location for passengers and cargo. Around 5.5 million people live within a radius of 100 kilometers and can easily reach the airport in 90 minutes. In 2017, around 2.5 million passengers will be using the airport in Rhineland-Palatinate.
The cargo business handled around 127,000 tons of freight in 2017.Since August 2017, HNA Airport Group GmbH has held a majority stake in Flughafengesellschaft Frankfurt-Hahn GmbH. The federal state of Hesse holds 17.5 percent. The location is regarded as a job engine: more than 2,000 people are employed directly at the location.